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Insects (assorted) Page 14
Image Taken on 17 May 2022
at 10:46 Image of day on 20 Jun 2022
5 Days later there is not a caterpillar to be seen.
The previously occupied areas are completely stripped of leaves.
Ref: 20220620_df3_20220517_1046_038 patches of hedge stripped of leaves by ermine moth caterpillars (orig & final)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 14 Jul 2018
at 11:20 Image of day on 04 Sep 2018
Hover-fly, Peacock Butterfly, and a Soldier Beetle all caught by chance
in the same frame.
Ref: 20180904_df3_20180714_1120_067 peacock butterfly feeding on thistle flower as hover-fly is about to land and solder beetle to right(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009
at 14:04 Image of day on 02 Sep 2009
The extremely dark underwing and dazzling top wing of this
Peacock Butterfly make an incredible contrast.
Ref: 20090902_da1_20090725_1404_507+1318_278 ft1 peacock butterfly in flight with thistle flower covered in tiny black beetles (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 18 May 2022
at 12:37 Image of day on 30 Jun 2022
A Peacock Butterfly feeding on a Buttercup almost entirely hidden by the insect.
On the adjacent Buttercup we see two female Thick-legged Flower Beetles.
The females don't have the characteristic legs bulges that give the species their name.
Ref: 20220630_d72_20220518_1237_072+073 peacock butterfly on buttercup + 2 thick-legged flower beetle (oedemera nobilis) females on buttercup (accurate montage for focus)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 10 Oct 2016
at 11:11 Image of day on 25 Nov 2016
The Pied Wagtails are back on our roof, hunting the insects warmed under the
slates and emerging for the waiting Wagtails to try to catch. This fly looks
like 'the one that got away'. Each bird and fly are accurately positioned
relative to the roof and each other, but spread out along the
The left hand fly was over the edge of the first frame so we have 'photoshopped'
in a whole fly at the correct place, along with the sky above.
Ref: 20161125_df3_20161010_1111_454-454 pied wagtail on roof ridge hunting fly in flight 1-3 of 3 (left to right montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 11 Jun 2017
at 07:28 Image of day on 04 Aug 2017
An early flowering Poppy we found in a sheltered patch near the Farm road
entrance. The Insect is a Marmalade Hover-fly.
Ref: 20170804_df3_20170611_0728_043 poppy flower + marmalade hover-fly by fence at farm entrance (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 24 Aug 2011
at 12:23 Image of day on 07 Oct 2011
These two mating flies arrived on the sloping stick to attract dragonflies.
ID was difficult even with help, and are absent from all but one of our
books. Wikipedia & some other web sites came to the rescue -
the general consensus is the primitive Crane-fly
Ptychoptera contaminata which has no common
If you can provide a positive ID
please let us know.
Ref: 20111007_df1_20110824_1223_061 ptychoptera contaminata (probably) flies mating on stick (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 14 Jul 2021
at 10:16 Image of day on 24 Aug 2021
A week later the Cinnabar Caterpillars have just about stripped this and most
other Ragwort plants in our patch, but the plants recover every year.
Ref: 20210824_df3_20210714_1016_011 ragwort plant decimated by cinnabar caterpillars(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 27 May 2019
at 10:04 Image of day on 28 Jun 2019
A rather magnificent Red Soldier Beetle gives us a couple of different views.
Ref: 20190628_df5_20190527_1004_009+008 red soldier beetle (prob rhagonycha fulva) (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 26 Jul 2019
at 15:56 Image of day on 04 Sep 2019
More Red Soldier Beetles doing what they do best - making MORE soldier Beetles.
Ref: 20190904_df3_20190726_1556_062 14 red soldier beetles(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 15 Jul 2019
at 15:45 Image of day on 04 Sep 2019
A scrum of Red Soldier Beetles all trying to find someone to mate with.
We particularly like the one on the right coming across from a leaf to join in the fray.
Also known as the Hogweed Bonking Beetle, its not hard to see why!
Ref: 20190904_df3_20190715_1545_011 5 red soldier beetles on small thistle flower head(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 03 May 2020
at 16:12 Image of day on 27 May 2020
This Red-headed Cardinal Beetle was glowing in the sunshine on the
end of some sort of dried up stem.
Ref: 20200527_df3_20200503_1612_104 red-headed cardinal beetle(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 11 Jun 2016
at 12:53 Image of day on 25 Jul 2016
The Red-headed Cardinal Beetle is a quite startling insect even though only
about 1.5cm long. It wasn't keen on the photographer's approach and was opening
the wing cases to release the wings even as this frame was taken. The
never-to-be-answered question is 'where did it go?'.
Ref: 20160725_df3_20160611_1253_258 red-headed cardinal beetle (pyrochroa serraticornis)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 15 May 2006
at 06:14 Image of day on 25 May 2006
The delivery flight for the 06:15 breakfast of green caterpillars
to a nestful of youngsters we know not where - there are lots of good
places to nest.
Ref: 20060525_d35_20060515_0614_051 fb2 robin in flight with beakful of green caterpillars(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 23 Jun 2007
at 12:12 Image of day on 16 Jul 2007
Robins used this patch of hedge to pause with beaks full
of food before diving across the path into a dense growth
on the other side where the nest must be.
Ref: 20070716_d10_20070623_1212_069 robin in hedge with caterpillar(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 22 Jun 2013
at 17:16 Image of day on 03 Aug 2013
The robins 'owning' the area around this site have photographed
themselves several times with these tiny caterpillars in their
beaks. We don't provide Robin nestboxes - they prefer the
Ref: 20130803_d50_20130622_1716_162_fb1 robin landing with caterpillar in beak (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 28 Jun 2013
at 15:03 Image of day on 11 Aug 2013
Robins are breeding all over the plot - we haven't looked for the nests
but see all the activity we expect.
Any volunteers to be a little green grub - the favourite pick by the parents
to feed to the nestlings.
Ref: 20130811_d5c_20130628_1503_034_fb2 robin on log with caterpillar in beak(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 04 May 2015
at 09:44 Image of day on 27 Jun 2015
The posts supporting about 100 Lombardy Poplars along the farm
road are starting to get used by the wildlife. We caught this
robin stopping off for a moment presumably on his way back to the
nest. Talk about 'overloaded'.
Ref: 20150627_df3_20150504_0944_009 robin on tree stake with 3 different caterpillars held by beak (crop 2)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 24 Apr 2006
at 06:24 Image of day on 29 Apr 2006
Looks like these robins have a family to feed. A small
caterpillar we guess is destined for a small beak. This
was one of a number of visits.
Ref: 20060429_d3e_20060424_0624_066 fb1 robin with caterpillar(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 04 May 2015
at 17:41 Image of day on 27 Jun 2015
A Robin with a caterpillar in the beak. We are seeing Robins all
round the site collecting insects & grubs.
Youngsters to feed already we think.
Ref: 20150627_e62_20150504_1741_017_fb5 robin with caterpillar in beak(r+mb id@576).jpg
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